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Grant Seeds a School Garden

Grant Seeds a School Garden

  Top of the World Elementary School  has received a grant to expand their garden through Whole Kids Foundation’s School Garden Grant Program, which was created in partnership with FoodCorps to help schools grow students’ relationships with food through gardening. The Foundation has extended $4 million in grant funds to over 2,100 schools and garden-related […]

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High School Sports Update

High School Sports Update

Girls Sand Volleyball (4-2, 2-0) Squad in First with Sweep LBHS went 2-0 beating previously undefeated No. 6 Saddleback Valley Christian and El Toro to take control of the South Coast Division of the IBVL in matches played on Saturday, April 12 at Huntington Beach sand courts. Top team Briana Boyd/ Cameron Dorn, second team […]

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For Young Pilot, Perseverance Pays Off

For Young Pilot, Perseverance Pays Off

Ryan Raffo, a native of Laguna Beach and 2010 graduate of Laguna Beach High School, has always loved planes. As a child, he “flew” toy jets, imitating the engine sounds. At 12 he got his own flight simulator. His dad, Coleman Raffo, recalls his son’s response to a call for dinner: “I’ll be right there, […]

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Setting Sights on the Nation's Capital

Setting Sights on the Nation’s Capital

He grew up in the sand and surf, but fell in love with the Washington, D.C., region. Now, Laguna Beach High School graduate Weston Barnes is making his mark as a freshman at George Mason University. In high school, Barnes won a gold medal in Junior Olympics volleyball in 2011 and a silver medal in 2013. […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

UCI Summer Programs Offer Scholarships UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts received a grant that will fund as need-based scholarships for Orange County students to attend the Summer Academies in the Arts, for middle and high school students ages 13-18.  They offer focused workshops in art, dance, drama and music. The grant also […]

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LBLL Majors Score Big Win

LBLL Majors Score Big Win

Caden Capobianco drove in the go-ahead run to give team Crescent Bay Advisors the lead in the seventh inning, as they hung on to beat Hobie 5-2 on Wednesday, April 9. Nolan Naess singled to get on base in the seventh. He then went from first to third on a double by Jack Payne. Jack had two extra-base […]

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2+2=5

2+2=5

I have a question.  Please teacher look at me.  I’m raising my hand.  She’s not looking. Don’t despair. I’ll just wave my hand and bounce up and down. Great she sees me. Okay, sure.  I understand. You want me to go to the principal’s office and explain why I was doing calisthenics in math class. […]

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Students Compete in Unusual Contest

Students Compete in Unusual Contest

Members of a Thurston Middle School club participated in the Destination Imagination Challenge tournament at El Cajon’s Granite Hills High, an example of learning that includes a focus on critical thinking and communication, Principal Jenny Salberg said. The contest is sponsored by a non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip children to become […]

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In Appreciation

In Appreciation

It’s that time of the year when our graduating high school seniors anxiously await news of acceptance to the college they have their heart set on. There are also local scholarships to be awarded and panels who are diligently meeting to decide who the recipient’s will be this year. My youngest daughter, Sara, was lucky […]

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Getting High Tech Up to Speed

Getting High Tech Up to Speed

The school district’s new tech director vouched for the necessity of spending $900,000 over the next year to get the district up to speed with the high-tech direction public education is rapidly taking. “Speed is our biggest issue,” Mike Morrison, who was hired in February as the district’s chief technology director, told school board members […]

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Young Actor Scores Another Role

Young Actor Scores Another Role

Makenna Pitz was honored with a certificate of recognition by the Rotary Club as the Laguna Beach High School student of the month for March in the performing arts department. She will also receive a scholarship at the Honors Convocation to be held in June. Makenna performed in the high school’s spring musical. She plans […]

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Turnaround Artist Named Coach of the Year

Turnaround Artist Named Coach of the Year

Mark Lewis was named the 2013-14 Orange County girls’ basketball coach of the year after leading Laguna Beach High to second place in the Orange Coast League and a first round CIF post-season victory. The team’s eight league wins this season is a school record. Lewis’ first team three years ago went 0-18. Each of […]

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High School Sports Update

High School Sports Update

Boys Volleyball (8-3, 4-0) Laguna continued to roll through the Orange Coast League, sweeping Costa Mesa (4-7, 1-3) 25-13, 25-17, 25-21 for the program’s 52nd straight league match win Tuesday, April 8.  From 1990 to 1995 Laguna won 53 straight league matches. They were required by CIF to forfeit an April 7, 1995, win over […]

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Thurston Student Excels in the Pool

Thurston Student Excels in the Pool

Sebastian Jacobs, 13, a Thurston Middle School eighth-grader, won top honors at the Newport Beach All-Star Invitational 5-Lives competition, which was hosted by Newport Beach Water Polo for the under 14 boys age group division April 4-6. The tournament was created to draw U14 level competitors and attracted 10 teams. Teams chose their top players […]